Skeletal remains found

HOW skeletal remains went unnoticed as the Fraser Island dingo fence was built next to them two years ago has baffled Kingfisher Bay Resort general manager John Harvey.

A skull, shoulder and upper arm bones were found on Thursday evening by a female tourist who, while resting on a tree stump, noticed them protruding from a sandbank behind her about 60 metres north of the resort’s jetty.

“I believe the bones were right next to the dingo fence Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service put up (in October 2008),” Mr Harvey said.

“The remains definitely weren’t on Kingfisher property but other than that I only know what police told me ... they think they’ve been there about 50 years.

“I’m amazed QPWS didn’t find them and also that it’s taken 18 years (since Kingfisher Bay Resort was built) for them to pop up.”

Sergeant Roger Williams said forensic police believed the skeleton to be indigenous but could not confirm it until the bones were examined this week and a report sent to a coroner.

The gender and age also could not be confirmed.

Mr Harvey said police told him that if confirmed as indigenous, the part-skeleton would be given to local Aboriginal people for an appropriate burial.

Sgt Williams said the area has been subject to erosion over a period of time, which may have washed the rest of the skeleton out to sea.

The remaining bones were exhumed and taken to Maryborough’s morgue on Friday evening.

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